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A New Era of ‘Dr. Seuss’: Meet the Rimes Family

Bedtime stories are meant to be simplistic, visually appealing, and playful. They are considered a universal pastime, one that’s been passed down from house to house, family to family, and bedtime to bedtime over the span of countless years. 

The brand new book series called “The Bedtime Chronicles” might represent the latest and greatest edition of nursery rhymes and storytelling for slumber time.

The soon-to-be collection of tales revolves around a bi-racial family of five—Benny, Mary Lou, Pam, Stan, and Hip-Hop. In each book, a different family member takes their turn telling Benny a bedtime story. Stan, the father, does so in the only book of the series to be released so far called, Legend of the Dadman.

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Author of the series Derek Siskin and his business partner Ryan Alovis are spearheading the evolution of this up-and-coming series. Luckily, I got to chop it up with both of them—thus discovering the why behind their work.

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Excerpt from “The Legend of the Dadman”

“We just wanted to put something out there that’s uplifting, that can make people happy and bring joy to families, Derek says. I think Legend of the Dadman is a great representation of that – you think he’s this superhero, but he’s really just a regular dad trying to be there for his family, eat their cupcakes, have all the trials, and tribulations that a dad has. We’re just trying to do something special and unique for people out there.”

Derek is more than just the driving force behind the writing, he is the lyrical wordsmith, the MC if you will, moving the audience with his rhymes and passion for a specific genre of music.

“The truth is, I’m a hip hop aficionado—I’m obsessed with hip-hop music. I wanted to try and find as many clever ways to incorporate that into this book series. With this, I have the ability to pay homage to the great rappers from my childhood and the ones I listen to now. I think it is (Hip-Hop) such an overlooked art form when it relates to creativity and storytelling. Once you’re able to bring your passion into something, it makes it fun. “

Along with the rhymes and natural play on words from the first book, you’ll find references to songs from old-school hip-hop as well, Derek’s preferred taste. Bars from Biggie Smalls, Def Jam, Q-Tip, and Dr. Dre are all hidden within the book’s scenes, giving those who are familiar with the lingo, myself included, some good old-fashioned goosebumps.

Ryan, the person who plays the critical role in the business promotion and overall vision of the series, is bringing to life the possibility of venturing beyond just books.

“We’re not just doing books. We’re creating a whole universe. Hip-Hop, our bunny character, has recently been made into a stuffed animal. We must’ve gone through 20 factories to make him look exactly the way he looks in the books. We want to do other items that complement the brand like pajamas, night lights, and sticker sheets too” Ryan elaborated.

Speaking of Hip-Hop, Derek had a heart-warming confession to make in regards to how a particular character from the book was inspired.

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(Left) Benny, Pam, Hip-Hop, Stan, Mary Lou (Right)

“’Hip-Hop the bunny’ is inspired by my kids’ stuffed animal bunny.”

It turns out that Derek had more ideas for his book’s character representation – I mean he’s like a kid in a candy store at this point.

“Then I told my illustrator I want the dad to resemble Adam Sandler, I want the mom to resemble Maya Rudolph, and then Mary Lou was a combination of a couple of different people that I pulled from online. When I imagined Benny, that’s how I imagined him (bi-racial).”

Derek asserts that this is only the beginning, as he hinted at what is to come for The Bedtime Chronicles. “I cannot wait to drop the second book so people can see the full scope of what we’re doing with the universe. Each story is going to be completely different from the next. I get giddy thinking about putting this out into the world because it’s just so fulfilling to see little kids excited and happy.”

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The back of “Legend of The Dadman”

Even though he has huge aspirations for the series, Ryan the visionary understands how important maintaining a solid foundation is. “We want to live on every bookshelf and inside the tv screens and drawers of every child in America. But we’re going to focus on the base, which is the books. We should stay solely focused on putting out the highest quality books and let the chips fall where they may. Let us put out the best on what we can in book form and go from there.”

Buy “Legend of the Dadman”
http://www.thebedtimechronicles.com/
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Joe Rogan Book List: 35 Books He Recommends

This phrase gets overused a lot, but you truly must be living under a rock if you don’t know about the kind of impact that Joe Rogan has. If hosting Fear Factor and commentating for the UFC weren’t enough, his podcast that launched back in 2009 has since become the biggest and most successful in the world. In April of 2019, Rogan claimed to receive 190 million monthly downloads of it. When The Joe Rogan Experience moved to Spotify in September of last year, it was for a deal reportedly worth $100 million. The show boasts guests like Mike Tyson, Robert Downey Jr., Elon Musk, Lance Armstrong, and Kevin Hart, to name a few.

As you might be able to imagine from the versatile list of names above (which is just a small sample size), the conversations that take place on the show can go to a lot of places. A running joke is that the only topics that Rogan covers are DMT and hunting, but there’s so much more to things. Along with the clichés, Rogan is a massive fan of martial arts, working out, and, of course, reading.

Many take his word as gospel, so if you want to share some of the same reading material as Joe, we’ve compiled a list of 35 books that Joe recommends and loves. Take a look at them below in alphabetical order.

1. American Buffalo by Steven Rinella
Amazon

As the name suggests, this one recounts Steven Rinella’s unique hunt for the rare American Buffalo.

Buy, $15
https://www.amazon.com/American-Buffalo-Search-Lost-Icon-ebook/dp/B001MYA396/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=american+buffalo+book&qid=1611805658&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
2. Best Evidence by David Lifton
Amazon

Joe called Best Evidence has favorite conspiracy book ever. It takes a look at the Kennedy Assassination.

Buy, $53
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Evidence-David-Lifton-1982-04-01/dp/B01N1XPV32
3. Black Elk by Joe Jackson
Amazon

Joe came across this one due to his fascination with Native American History and it’s the one to check out because he calls it his favorite on the topic.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Elk-Life-American-Visionary-ebook/dp/B01EROYPI2
4. Blood and Thunder West by Hampton Sides
Amazon

Hampton Sides’ offering takes a look at how the West transformed throughout the 1800s.

Buy, $14
https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Thunder-Epic-American-West/dp/0385507771
5. Breath by James Nestor
Good Reads

We all breathe, but few of us have done the research into breathing as James Nestor has.

Buy, $15
https://www.amazon.com/Breath-New-Science-Lost-Art-ebook/dp/B0818ZZNLR
6. Chaos by Tom O’Neill
Amazon

Chaos boasts some fascinating revelations about the FBI’s involvement in the case of the Manson murders.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Chaos-Charles-Manson-History-Sixties/dp/0316477559
7. Coyote America by Dan Flores
Amazon

Everything you need to know about coyotes is covered here. Joe Rogan thinks it’s amazing.

Buy, $8
https://www.amazon.com/Coyote-America-Natural-Supernatural-History-ebook/dp/B01BZ7XJ86
8. DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Dr. Rick Strassman
Good Reads

No surprises that Joe loves this seeing as though he hosts the documentary version.

Buy, $8
https://www.amazon.com/DMT-Molecule-Revolutionary-Near-Death-Experiences-ebook/dp/B003N3U3J4
9. Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne
Amazon

Although other tribes are mentioned more often than them, the Comanches were the most powerful Native Americans that had an incredible impact in their time.

Buy, $10
https://www.amazon.com/Empire-Summer-Moon-Comanches-Powerful/dp/1416591060
10. Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna
Amazon

This one explores the relationship between humans and plants and the roles of things like spices and spirits in society.

Buy, $15
https://www.amazon.com/Food-Gods-Original-Knowledge-Evolution/dp/0553371304
11. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
Washington Post

An insight into Scientology that Joe Rogan called “one of the weirdest books” he’s ever read.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Going-Clear-Scientology-Hollywood-Prison-ebook/dp/B00A9ET54E
12. Industrial-Strength Denial by Barbara Freese
Good Reads

Barbara Freese writes about corporations that negatively impact the earth but are still managing to thrive.

Buy, $17
https://www.amazon.com/Industrial-Strength-Denial-Corporations-Defending-Indefensible/dp/0520383087
13. Ladies and Gentlemen – Lenny Bruce!! by Albert Goldman
Amazon

All that needs to be said about this is Rogan called it “required reading for aspiring stand-ups”.

Buy, $32
https://www.amazon.com/Ladies-Gentlemen-Lenny-Albert-Goldman/dp/0140133623
14. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Amazon

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell details the factors that make successful people successful. 

Buy, $7
https://www.amazon.com/Outliers-Story-Success-Malcolm-Gladwell/dp/0316017930
15. Race Matters by Dr. Cornel West
Amazon

A deep dive into debates about skin color in the United States by former JRE guest, Cornel West.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Race-Matters-25th-Anniversary-Introduction-ebook/dp/B071LRZ3X1
16. Savage Son by Jack Carr
Good Reads

Carr’s work appears on this list multiple times, which says all that needs to be said about what Joe thinks of it. He recommended it on Instagram last year.

Buy, $18
https://www.amazon.com/Savage-Son-Thriller-Jack-Carr-audio-cd/dp/1508299617
17. Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan
Scribe

Sex at Dawn is about human mating systems, how they developed, and the idea of monogamy in the greater context of humanity.

Buy, $7
https://www.amazon.com/Sex-at-Dawn-audiobook/dp/B004ADQAPM
18. Something Deeply Hidden by Sean Carroll
Amazon

Rogan calls this both “excellent” and “perplexing.” It’s a look at why people misunderstand quantum mechanics.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Something-Deeply-Hidden-Emergence-Spacetime-ebook/dp/B07NTYJJDX
19. Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell
Amazon

A non-fiction account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn in the late 19th century. Rogan calls it “intense.”

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Son-Morning-Star-Custer-Bighorn/dp/B002HXDHTY
20. Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler
Amazon

A book about meditation, the limits of humans, and how and why alternate states of consciousness should be achieved.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Fire-audiobook/dp/B01N2HREQU
21. The Art of Living and Dying by Osho
Amazon

A good read on living and dying that is not as morbid as it sounds—questions like how to approach death and reincarnation attempt to be answered.

Buy, $14
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Living-Dying-Celebrating-Death-ebook/dp/B0728G2YYP
22. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Amazon

A self-help book that endorses freedom from self-limiting beliefs, one of the only true causes of suffering.

Buy, $6
https://www.amazon.com/Four-Agreements-Practical-Personal-Freedom/dp/1878424319
23. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
Amazon

An exploration into historical ideas about happiness from the likes of Jesus and Buddha through the lens of modern psychological research.

Buy, $8
https://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Hypothesis-Finding-Modern-Ancient-ebook/dp/B003E749TE
24. The Hustler by Walter Tevis
Amazon

A rare fiction entry here, The Hustler is about a young pool hustler learning the true ways of winning and losing.

Buy, $21
https://www.amazon.com/Hustler-Walter-Tevis/dp/1560254734
25. The Immortality Key by Brian Muraresku
Amazon

Here, Muraresku writes about the role of psychedelics in the formation of Western society. According to Joe, “it’s fucking sensational.”

Buy, $20
https://www.amazon.com/Immortality-Key-Secret-History-Religion-ebook/dp/B0818QJHKF
26. The Journey of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
Amazon

A look into the true life of Lakota Indian, Crazy Horse. It seems to have been enlightening for Rogan.

Buy, $11
https://www.amazon.com/The-Journey-of-Crazy-Horse-audiobook/dp/B0007Y9KCS
27. The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray
Blackwell’s

A somewhat controversial take on the political correctness of dealing with different identity groups.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Madness-Crowds-Gender-Race-Identity-ebook/dp/B07VK9J63L
28. The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross by John M. Allegro
Amazon

A unique take on the Bible and the linguistics of early Christianity.

Buy, $23
https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Mushroom-Cross-Christianity-Fertility/dp/B010EVUY4G
29. The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Amazon

They say talent is something you’re born with. But is it? Daniel Coyle talks about rewiring the brain and the true benefit of the deep practice of any activity.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Talent-Code-Greatness-Born-Grown/dp/055380684X
30. The Terminal List by Jack Carr
Amazon

A story about a Navy SEAL by a Navy SEAL. What more could you ask for?

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Terminal-List-Jack-Carr/dp/1683249437
31. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Amazon

Another one of Rogan’s favorites, The War of Art is about the barriers that artists, entrepreneurs, and more face.

Buy, $31
https://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Through-Creative-Battles/dp/B002YNS0VC
32. Tribe by Sebastian Junger
Amazon

Junger writes about what a lot of us can learn from tribal societies, including true loyalty.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Tribe-Homecoming-Belonging-Sebastian-Junger-ebook/dp/B01BCJDSNI
33. True Believer by Jack Carr
Amazon

The third Jack Carr book on this list, Joe binged all of his works in a month. “I’m hooked!”

Buy, $9
https://www.amazon.com/True-Believer-Thriller-Terminal-List-ebook/dp/B07GNTMB9F
34. Your Dad Stole My Rake by Tom Papa
Amazon

This one is a comedic look on families, and Papa’s specifically. Rogan says, “Tom is an awesome, hilarious guy, so if you’re looking for a great read, your search is over.”

Buy, $11
https://www.amazon.com/Your-Dad-Stole-My-Rake-ebook/dp/B076H8WVM8
35. Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
Amazon

A study on a form of Japanese archery called Kyūdō. The German philosophy professor’s book is credited with introducing Zen to the West in the 1940s and 1950s.

Buy, $11
https://www.amazon.com/Zen-Art-Archery-Eugen-Herrigel/dp/0375705090
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7 Books by Black Authors to Add to Your Reading List

We all love to believe that we’re well-read and have a wall lined with notable literature that credit our intelligence and awareness. But the truth to being well-read is not how many classics lie on your bookshelf or how many bestsellers live on your reading list, but instead how diverse the stories and authors are that you consume. From fiction to nonfiction, thrillers, and memoirs, we’ve made a list of seven reads by Black authors that we find worthy of adding to the stack of books on your nightstand. No matter which genre you gravitate toward, you’re bound to find a book that will spark your interests.

‘We Cast a Shadow’ by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Amazon

Coined as “One of the Best Books of the Year” by Washington Post and NPR, We Cast a Shadow is a horror-com story by Maurice Carlos Ruffin about a father who goes to great and insane lengths to protect his son. In this futuristic novel, a procedure that involves de-ethnicizing Black patients, with hopes to give them a better life and fair chance, becomes the focus of a father who wants to see his son succeed just as much as his white peers. While this chilling story falls under fiction, the questions and narratives presented in the text are very much real issues Black people face in modern-day America. 

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https://www.amazon.com/Cast-Shadow-Maurice-Carlos-Ruffin/dp/0525509062
‘Black Man in a White Coat’ by Damon Tweedy
Amazon

A New York Times bestseller, a Time Magazine “Top 10 Nonfiction Book of the Year”, and a Library Journal “Best Book Selection”, Black Man in a White Coat is the memoir of Damon Tweedy, a Black doctor who becomes highly aware of the discrimination and disproportionate health-related issues in the medical field. Met with doubt, racism, and his own health scare, Dr. Tweedy reflects on his journey from medical student to practicing practitioner, in a white-dominated industry.

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https://www.amazon.com/Black-Man-White-Coat-Reflections/dp/1250105048/
‘An American Marriage’ by Tayari Jones
Amazon

A New York Times Bestseller and 2018 Oprah’s Book Club selection, An American Marriage is a fiction novel that explores the downfall of a once very successful and fulfilling marriage. After one character is sentenced to serve jail time, the couple struggles with remaining in the deep love formed before the conviction. This book by Tayari Jones highlights the very real problems that can develop in a romantic relationship when unexpected turns occur. Among its accomplishments, the novel is also rated a “Notable Book” by The Washington Post, a winner of the 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize, and winner of the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Fiction.

Buy now
https://www.amazon.com/American-Marriage-Novel-Oprahs-Selection/dp/1616208775/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1581607463&sr=1-1
‘Lead Me Not Into Temptation, I Can Find It On My Own’ by Robert Holt
Amazon

The first novel by ex-Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Holt, tells the story of a troubled husband and father who is condemned to hell. The character struggles with his known fate and is granted a second chance to turn his life around with the possibility of entrance into heaven. This twisted and dark fiction story involves thrill and chaos, yet explores a very real narrative that many religious people struggle with: obeying the golden rules and living a sin-free life. If you’re looking for a story with an unexpected yet stimulating spin, this cozy thriller might be for you.

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https://www.amazon.com/Lead-Not-into-Temptation-Find/dp/1546226060/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Lead+Me+Not+Into+Temptation+by+Robert+Holt&qid=1581608569&s=books&sr=1-1
‘Hunger’ by Roxane Gay
Amazon

Roxane Gay, the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist, returns to the book self with Hunger, a memoir about her relationship with food and self-image. Gay explores the troubles that led to her food addiction and the steps she took to overcome it and enter a place of self-love. No matter how you identify, this honest and vulnerable novel is super relevant during a time where body image is highly discussed and critiqued because of social media and the wellness movement is more popular than ever.

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https://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Memoir-Body-Roxane-Gay/dp/0062420712/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Hunger+by+Roxane+Gay&qid=1581607900&s=books&sr=1-1
‘No Ashes in the Fire’ by Darnell L. Moore
Amazon

In this memoir, by journalist and activist Darnell L. Moore, readers get an inside look at the bullying and homophobic discrimination that led Moore to become the leading advocate he is today. Recognized as Lambda Literary Award “Gay Memoir/Biography” winner in 2019 and a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year” in 2018, this real and exposed reflection defines what it means to be free. 

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https://www.amazon.com/No-Ashes-Fire-Coming-America/dp/1568589409/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=No+Ashes+in+the+Fire+by+Darnell+L.+Moore&qid=1581608202&s=books&sr=1-1
‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ by Charles M. Blow
Amazon

Praised as a New York Times “Notable Book,” Lambda Literary award winner and PEN Open Book Award long-lister, Fire Shut Up in My Bones is the chilling and honest memoir of journalist Charles M. Blow. Growing up in a broken home and experiencing abuse at a young age, Blow reflects on his daunting past and the endurance it gave him to attain a different life. If you’re looking for a story that evokes emotion and depth, this memoir will make a great addition to your reading log.  

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https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Shut-Up-My-Bones/dp/0544570111/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Fire+Shut+Up+in+My+Bones+by+Charles+M.+Blow&qid=1581608991&s=books&sr=1-1
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5 Books Jay-Z Thinks You Should Read

Rapper, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, business owner, record executive—Jay-Z has mastered many roles and industries. The Brooklyn-born musician is tied with Kanye West as the rapper with the most GRAMMY wins in history, Jay became the winner of the NAACP Image President’s Award in 2019 and he has been recognized by Forbes as hip-hop’s first billionaire. With so much talent and drive, we were curious to get our hands on the highly-acclaimed artist’s reading list.

Here’s what we found:

‘The Seat of the Soul’ by Gary Zukav
Amazon

In an interview with Oprah Magazine, Jay-Z coined The Seat of the Soul as one of the two books that he lives his life by. The guide explores karma, temptation, and how it can take a lifetime to master. “I believe in karma and doing the right thing even if it may not advance you as far as you want. If every single person felt the same way about karma and intention, then the world gets fixed tomorrow,” Jay told Oprah of the book. Written by New York Times mega-bestselling author Gary Zukav and his spiritual partner Linda Francis, The Seat of the Soul is a perfect read for anyone looking to conquer a new emotional awareness and intelligence.

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https://www.amazon.com/Seat-Soul-Gary-Zukav-ebook/dp/B000SEHS8K/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Seat+of+the+Soul+by+Gary+Zukav&qid=1579027868&sr=8-1
‘Purple Cow’ by Seth Godin
Amazon

Purple Cow is a cult classic responsible for major influence in the world of marketing. In this guide, author Seth Godin labels businesses as either remarkable or invisible and encourages readers to reconsider what their marketing tactics say about their product. It comes as no surprise that Jay-Z is a huge fan of this book, given that he passed on being the face of Rocawear back when he first launched the clothing brand. As he told Oprah Magazine, “I cared more about the quality than the face in front,” the same message Godin wants readers to use to transform their business through the help of his guide.

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https://www.amazon.com/Purple-Cow-Transform-Business-Remarkable/dp/014101640X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
‘The Celestine Prophecy’ by James Redfield
Amazon

This number one bestselling international fiction novel is the second book Jay-Z swears by as a life guide. In The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure, author James Redfield explores the fact that there are two sides to every choice we make and encourages readers to take beneficial steps in directing their life’s individual path. With nine key insights about taking control of your life, Redfield creates a fictional story for realistic manifestation.

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https://www.amazon.com/Celestine-Prophecy-James-Redfield/dp/153873026X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1579036886&sr=8-1
‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell
Amazon

In Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell asks readers what makes high-achievers different? With a focus on people who have obtained a high level of fame and success, Gladwell notes that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from and how that plays a role in their accomplishments. Jay-Z, who says the book resonated with him because he was born during a time when there was an influx of remarkable music, grew up listening to the records of iconic artists like Prince, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye which directly influenced his musical talent.

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https://www.amazon.com/Outliers-Story-Success-Malcolm-Gladwell/dp/0316017930/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
‘The Odyssey’ by Homer
Amazon

This New York Times Notable Book of 2018 hits home with Jay-Z as he can easily relate to Odysseus’ longing for strength and loyalty in a love interest. The rapper has without a doubt obtained that relationship with his wife Beyoncé, making this poem an identifiable read. This 2018 translation makes the timeless text digestible for modern-day consumption, telling the stories of the aftermath of war, wealth, violence, poverty, marriage, family and more.

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https://www.amazon.com/Odyssey-Homer-Bantam-Classics/dp/0553213997/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
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7 Books That Teach You the Art of the Hustle

Whether you’re thinking about launching your own business or are striving to climb the corporate ladder in your field, one thing’s for sure: You’ve got to hustle to make it happen. Don’t know where to start? Pick up one (or all) of these practical, inspiring and educational books, filled with everything you need to know about the art of the hustle. From the secrets of successful entrepreneurs to straightforward ways to work smarter, these reads are sure to provide the kick-in-the-butt motivation you’ve been waiting for.

‘Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning and Momentum’ by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler
Amazon

This 2016 bestseller by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler—three of the nation’s top entrepreneurs and consultants—provides real-world advice on achieving success on your own terms. Within its three-part framework, “Heart, Head and Habits,” Hustle teaches readers how to monetize their passions, create their own luck and fuel their full potential.

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https://www.amazon.com/Hustle-Power-Charge-Meaning-Momentum/dp/1623367166/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471623746&sr=8-1&keywords=neil+patel
‘Hustle Believe Receive: An 8-Step Plan to Changing Your Life and Living Your Dream’ by Sarah Centrella
Amazon

Life-transformation coach, in-demand keynote speaker and author Sarah Centrella went from a single mother in poverty to an executive at a software company and a person living her dreams in just 18 months. In Hustle Believe Receive, Centrella shares her eight-step success plan called the #HBRMethod, along with over 50 stories of success from everyone from NFL and NBA stars to CEOs and banking execs. If you’ve ever looked at someone at the top of their game and wondered, “How did they do that?” this book is for you.

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https://www.amazon.com/Hustle-Believe-Receive-8-Step-Changing-ebook/dp/B019WQU81S/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=%E2%80%98Hustle+Believe+Receive%3A+An+8-Step+Plan+to+Changing+Your+Life+and+Living+Your+Dream%E2%80%99+By+Sarah+Centrella&qid=1576783026&sr=8-1
‘Mastery’ by Robert Greene
Amazon

Want to become a master in your field and surge past your competitors? Bestselling author Robert Greene will tell you how. Gleaning insight from the lives of historical greats like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and even Napoleon, then turning their tactics into useful tips, Mastery is a no-nonsense guide on how to work hard and unlock your greatness.

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https://www.amazon.com/Mastery-Robert-Greene/dp/014312417X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1576783181&sr=1-2
‘Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days’ by Chris Guillebeau
Amazon

If you’ve been sitting on a business idea but have been too afraid to take the leap, read this book ASAP. Author, founder and podcaster Chris Guillebeau provides the step-by-step methodology and practical strategies to give you the confidence to launch that side hustle and make serious cash in as little as 27 days. According to him, anyone can do it.

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https://www.amazon.com/Side-Hustle-Idea-Income-Days/dp/1524758841/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=%E2%80%98Side+Hustle%3A+From+Idea+to+Income+in+27+Days%E2%80%99+By+Chris+Guillebeau&qid=1576783377&s=books&sr=1-1
‘Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time’ By Jeff Sutherland
Amazon

“Scrum,” a management method adopted by the world’s leading tech companies, has been reimagined for the broader business world by co-creator Jeff Sutherland. In this book, he provides unparalleled wisdom for leaders and hustlers in all fields, teaching readers how to rev up their productivity, solve complex problems with efficiency and totally transform their approach to work and life.

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‘H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle.’ by Brad Lomenick
Amazon

With 20 years of experience working alongside Fortune 500 CEOs, startup entrepreneurs and thought-leaders, including Malcolm Gladwell, Brad Lomenick has pinpointed 20 essential habits of highly successful people and categorizes them into “the 3 Hs”: Humble (Who am I?), Hungry (Where do I want to go?) and Hustle (How will I get there?). This simple and straightforward guide will inspire you to embrace these habits in your own life in order to achieve success.

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‘Great at Work: The Hidden Habits of Top Performers’ by Morten T. Hansen
Amazon

When it comes to the art of the hustle, working smarter, not harder, is the key. After conducting a unique study of more than 5,000 managers and employees, Morten T. Hansen explores the secrets of top performers and turns them into seven actionable “work smarter practices” for anyone looking to maximize their time and productivity.

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Entrepreneurs Grind

5 Books That Inspired Successful People

At this point, this isn’t going to be news to you: Successful people read a lot of books.

Mark Cuban has said that his wife hates that he reads more than three hours a day. Warren Buffet claims that he used to read 600 to 1,000 pages every day when he was just starting out in his career. It’s even been reported that while the average person reads one to three books a year, most executives and CEOs read four to five books a month (where do they find the time?!  Can rich people purchase extra hours for their days?)

If you’re willing to try waiting until you get to the office to scroll through Instagram, here are a few suggestions for your commute.

‘The New Geography of Jobs’ by Enrico Moretti
Amazon

“It’s six years old now, but still a timely and smart discussion of how different cities and regions have made a changing economy work for them—and how policymakers can learn from that to lift the circumstances of working Americans everywhere.” -Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama knows a little something-something about the economy and recommended The New Geography of Jobs on his Facebook last year. Written by Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley Enrico Moretti, the book explores the jobs, salaries and lives of people living in brain hubs (cities like San Francisco and Boston with highly paid and innovative workers), former industrial cities (where factory workers are losing jobs at an alarming rate) and the people trapped in the middle. 

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‘Bad Blood’ by John Carreyrou
Amazon

“I recently found myself reading a book so compelling that I couldn’t turn away … There’s a lot Silicon Valley can learn from the Theranos mess.” – Bill Gates

I’ll actually let Bill take this one: “Bad Blood is also a cautionary tale about the virtues of celebrity. On the surface, Holmes was everything Silicon Valley loves in a CEO: charismatic and convincing with a memorable personal story made for magazine profiles. There’s nothing wrong with that on its own. A rock star CEO can be a huge boon for a startup. But you can’t let fame become the most important thing. Theranos is the worst-case scenario of what happens when a CEO prioritizes personal legacy above all else—but I hope that people don’t use it as an excuse to write off the next young woman with a big idea. I also don’t want Bad Blood to scare people away from next-gen diagnostics. Theranos went to extraordinary lengths to get around quality standards. The industry is highly regulated, and new diagnostics undergo rigorous testing,” Gates writes on his blog

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‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ by Daniel Kahneman
Amazon

“It’s basically the fundamentals of business, because who do you do business with? You do business with people. This particular book gives you amazing insight as to how to better understand and work with people.” – Oren Frank

Your brain makes decisions using two different methods. The first method is quick and based on instincts and emotions. The second method is slower, with purposeful and cautious thoughtfulness. This book explores when we should and shouldn’t trust our hunches and how to navigate the way we think.

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‘New Power’ by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
Amazon

“The world has changed a lot in the 50 years I’ve been in business, and power has definitely shifted… This shift is discussed by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms in their book, New Power. It’s a useful lens to use when thinking about how business has changed, how to spread ideas or start a movement or create change.” – Richard Branson

As Branson writes about on his blog, New Power takes a look at some of the biggest political and cultural events and examines connectivity behind them. From the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements to the creation of Airbnb to the popularity of TedTalks to the political victories of Trump and Obama, every reader can find the “new power” that affects them.

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‘Memos from the Chairman’ by Alan C. Greenberg
Amazon

“Ace Greenberg did almost everything better than I do—bridge, magic tricks, dog training and arbitrage—all the important things in life.” – Warren Buffet

Execute the basics. Fight complacency, overconfidence and conceit.  No one cares what you did last year. Don’t begin a sentence with “no.” Cut expenses. Alan C. Greenberg delivers tons of witty and wise business advice through a collection of memos from when he was running the investment bank Bear Stearns. A favorite of Buffet, Jeff Bezos and Tom Peters, this book explores Greenberg’s unique, simple yet effective management strategy.

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Grind Productivity

10 of the Best Investing Books for Beginners

There’s no better time to learn how to invest than now. With a predicted recession on the way, finding additional sources of income can only do you good. Investing can seem like a foreign practice if you didn’t study business or have family members who invest. The reality is that most of us don’t know where to start, how much money we need and how to seek advice on the topic. Online you’ll find a plethora of articles explaining how to invest, but the best tips can be found from expensive appointments with a financial adviser or the less expensive option: reading guides. We’ve picked 10 of the best investing books for beginners, to get you started on the right foot.

1. ‘How to Buy Stocks’ by Louis Engel and Henry R. Hecht
Amazon

When most people hear the term “invest” they probably think of the stock market. In How to Buy Stocks, Louis Engel and Henry R. Hecht also explore all basic investing types to give the reader options. Engel’s writing style is clear and concise, making it easier for a beginner to learn the ropes of investing. This guide will give you an overview of the financial markets and advice catered to your specific needs and goals. With hacking the capitalist system and mastering how to grow money long term, this long read will hold a place in your memory forever.

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https://www.amazon.com/How-Buy-Stocks-Louis-Engel/dp/0316353809
2. ‘The Little Book That Beats the Market’ by Joel Greenblatt
Amazon

This user-friendly guide is perfect for anyone who doesn’t come from an investment background. Author Joel Greenblatt avoids tricky jargon and provides context on how to differentiate which stock is better than the other, why stocks matter for building an investment foundation and more. Additionally, Greenblatt provides readers with his complex but simple to follow theory of buying high performing companies at very low prices, which he swears will still be effective after popularity. Recently updated from its original 2005 version, The Little Book That Beats the Market focuses on how to choose individual stock and picking stocks that will carry the reader long term.

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3. ‘How to Invest in Real Estate’ by Joshua Dorkin and Brandon Turner
Amazon

Maybe you want to steer away from stocks and instead invest in real estate. Since real estate is typically uncorrelated with the stock market, this might be a good option for people that can afford to spend more money in the beginning but want to see long term cash flow. In How to Invest in Real Estate, Joshua Dorkin and Brandon Turner explore ownership, how to turn real estate investment into a business, where to find the best deals and more. While this isn’t the duo’s first book about real estate investment, it is the most in-depth for beginners who are starting from scratch.

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4. ‘A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing’ by Burton G. Malkiel
Amazon

A Random Walk Down Wall Street is literally a walk in the park when it comes to learning how to invest. Burton G. Malkiel teaches readers all about the lingo used on Wall Street to help them navigate situations and get a better understanding of what is being discussed. The book also features an updated chapter on tax-loss harvesting, smart-beta funds, exchange-traded funds and cryptocurrencies, making this timely read perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about the ever-changing stock market. Readers will feel educated and confident in pursuing their investments after finishing this guide that is all about fitting in and excelling in the market.

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5. ‘Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor’ by John C. Bogle
Amazon

This updated guide explores the different options made available to modern-day investors. Author John C. Bogle gives readers insight on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, evaluating investment performance, asset allocation, equity styles, indexing, understanding binds and more. With a focus on simplicity and low-cost investments over complexity, Common Sense on Mutual Funds is the perfect framework guide for anyone who is down to take the ride. This book acts as the updated second edition, providing the reader with timely and updated material about the ins and outs of cracking mutual funds.

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6. ‘Making the Most of Your Money’ by Jane Bryant Quinn
Amazon

Making the Most of Your Money doesn’t focus on investing, but it does touch on it. In this guide about taking control of your financial situation, author Jane Bryan Quinn looks at all the pieces of the puzzle in financial gain. Readers will learn how to make smart financial decisions during every stage of life, as well as when to start investing. Unlike most books that only cover financial success, Bryant Quinn also explores financial recovery and independence. Making the Most of Your Money was named the best personal finance book on the market by Consumers Union and is an all-time bestseller.

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https://www.amazon.com/Making-Most-Your-Money-Now/dp/0743269969
7. ‘The Bond Book’ by Annette Thau
Amazon

Maybe you’re considering buying bonds instead of stocks. If that’s the case, The Bond Book is perfect for you. Author Annette Thau effectively lays out how the bond market works and how bonds differ from stock. This book can benefit both new investors and experienced investors, as well as people planning to create long-term income for retirement. Inspired by the 2008 recession, The Bond Book is a response to investors losing their funds during a financial crisis. Touching on bond funds, individual bonds, junk bonds, municipal bonds and EFTs, this guide doesn’t miss a beat in getting you prepared for your bond investment journey. 

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8. ‘The Four Pillars of Investing’ by William J. Bernstein
Amazon

In The Four Pillars of Investing, author William J. Bernstein focuses on four different themes that should be understood for investing successfully: investing theory, the business of investing, investing psychology and the history of investing. This guide lays out asset allocations and explains in a readable and digestible format the ins and outs of the investment strategy. Bernstein gives readers tips, advice and a framework that will simultaneously control risk and build wealth. By the end of this timely and notable read, you can expect to have a perfect portfolio without spending time or money on a financial adviser.

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9. ‘The Intelligent Investor’ by Benjamin Graham
Amazon

One of the oldest investing books over time and the oldest book on our list, The Intelligent Investor, aka the stock market bible, was first published in 1949. This 60-year-old easy-to-follow guide still holds weight in today’s economy. Author and renowned investment adviser of the 20th century, Benjamin Graham, lays out his ideas on value investing, a term that has transcended into 2019. With updated commentary by journalist Jason Zweig on how to apply Graham’s framework to current investments, The Intelligent Investor is no doubt a book you want to add to your library.

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10. ‘The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America’ by Warren Buffett and Lawrence A. Cunningham
Amazon

Could we really finish off this list without a book by business mogul and successful investor himself, Warren Buffett? Arguably the most successful investor of our time, Buffett offers his readers remarkable advice, incomparable anecdotes and smart solutions for investing in different capacities. This book consists of letters Buffett wrote to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., serving as an educational guide for mastering sound business practices. The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America is an international bestseller and this third edition, co-authored by Lawrence A. Cunningham, addresses the financial crisis and how to control risks and overcome debt.

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Grind Productivity

5 Books That Will Help You Release Your Inner Creative

It can be tough to limit distractions and focus to think creatively about your work in an age where unlimited human knowledge and constant communication fit conveniently in your pocket. And in a time where there are more freelancers and entrepreneurs than ever before, the added stress of managing businesses doesn’t help. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to filter out the noise and continue to innovate. These books detail how you can recenter, refocus and further your creative work and future.

‘The War Of Art’ by Steven Pressfield
Amazon

In this book, Steven Pressfield outlines the internal barriers many go-getters — artists, athletes, entrepreneurs — encounter in striving to reach their goals. He delivers many anecdotal tips by sharing experiences from his own career as a novelist in bit-size segments, so the lessons are concise and easily digestible. And best of all, he employs compassion to the struggle while also providing best practices to keep on the grind and mute that inner saboteur who so often threatens our own success.

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‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell
Amazon

This piece by Malcolm Gladwell has appeared on many a list of must-reads, and it’s easy to see why. He analyzes the most successful people in society and how they got that way, but instead of focusing on their character or qualities, he focuses on a wider scope: their family, their childhood, their experiences navigating the world that led them to where they are. It’s a masterful look at how one can harness their own situation and leverage it into making an impact.

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‘Letters to a Young Artist’ by Anna Deavere Smith
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This book is highly recommended in artistic circles, and it’s easy to see why. Author Anna Deavere Smith cleverly writes a series of letters to her imaginary protege, BZ, describing how to find confidence, push ahead and manage the beautiful yet chaotic life of an artist. Similarly to The War on Art, Smith delivers tips anecdotally, and she also speaks to the artist navigating the world in contrast to only the internal struggles. For anyone who needs a reset on mindset or a motivational pick-me-up, this book is a must.

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‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ by Elizabeth Gilbert
Amazon

For those who need a no-BS approach to creative endeavors, Elizabeth Gilbert — author of Eat, Pray, Love — nails it. She speaks to the creative or entrepreneurial spirit in a no-nonsense way, detailing how the work must come in even when there are no accolades to be had. But with that work comes the joy and daily reminders of why people on the grind put in the work daily. It’s a kick in the pants with a tone that beautifully balances therapist with drill sergeant. If you need a careful dose of inspiration and discipline, this one’s for you.

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‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho
Amazon

The list wouldn’t be complete without a novel and, though it may be a bit abstract, bear with me. In Paulo Coelho’s globally acclaimed allegory, we follow the protagonist as he travels countries and encounters roadblocks on the way to his “personal legend.” It’s an extended metaphor for following your calling in life, despite the negative influence of life’s stresses and those who may be jealous of the courage required. It can be a bit New Age-esque at times, but if you take the time to unlock some of the text and understand its intent, it can serve as an encouraging reminder to stay on track and not let preliminary obstacles get you down. Anyone on the grind knows that problems will always arise, but success lies in overcoming them quickly and smartly.

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Grind Productivity

6 of The Best Personal Finance Books to Help You Get Better with Money

Saving money shouldn’t be a life-altering task and hitting your financial goals shouldn’t seem impossible. A ton of money experts actually started with student loans and small bank accounts, later learning how to combat their financial restrictions and turn them into financial stability. We’ve gathered the best personal finance books we could find that offer advice on how to budget, earn more, save, while still enjoying the pleasures of life. Building your bank doesn’t mean you have to become a recluse who can never touch their money- this reading list will show you how.

1. ‘I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Second Edition: No Guilt. No Excuses. No BS. Just a 6-Week Program That Works’ by Ramit Sethi
Ramit Sethi

I Will Teach You to Be Rich Part 2 is the second edition of the original book, released in 2009. The previous New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller taught a generation how to build their savings and earn more money during a time of recession. Now a newer and updated edition is here, just in time for the predicted 2020 recession. In this guide, Sethi teaches readers vital skills like how to crush debt, talk their way out of late fees, and negotiate for a raise.

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https://www.amazon.com/Will-Teach-You-Rich-Second/dp/1523505745/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570290780&sr=1-1
2. ‘Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need’ by Grant Sabatier
Amazon

In Financial Freedom, author Grant Sabatier lays out how he was able to extend his $2.26 checking account to a net worth of over $1.25 million in just five years. With “Money is unlimited. Time is not. Become financially independent as fast as possible” as the theme, this guide pushes readers to live on their own terms right now. Working side hustles, negotiating with employers, and traveling for less are a few of the topics this guide explores, leaving readers with a roadmap to give them a fresh start.

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3. ‘Broke Millennial Takes On Investing: A Beginner’s Guide to Leveling Up Your Money’ by Erin Lowry
Amazon

Erin Lowry lays out a guide for readers on how to invest for the first time. Answering questions like “What about robo-advisors and apps–are any of them any good?” and “Where can I look online for investment advice?”, this book will leave you assured in your future investment plans. Broke Millennial Takes On Investing comes after her first book, Broke Millennial, which focused on how to stop the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle and live comfortably within one’s means. ​​​​

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4. ‘The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money’ by Chelsea Fagan
Amazon

This Refinery29 ‘Best Book of 2018’ teaches readers how to master the art of saving in a year, create and stick to a budget, and offers the basics of investing. Chelsea Fagan includes a variety of money experts to provide a guide that will teach you to save in the simplest of ways. Grocery shopping over-ordering in, buying clothes on sale rather than at full price, and many other hacks included in this book will have readers saving their paycheck easier than imagined.

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https://www.amazon.com/Financial-Diet-Total-Beginners-Getting/dp/1250176166
5. ‘The 30-Day Money Cleanse: Take Control of Your Finances, Manage Your Spending, and De-stress Your Money for Good’ by Ashley Feinstein Gerstley
Amazon

This Amazon ‘Best Book of 2019 So Far’ guide teaches readers how to have a healthy relationship with spending. As someone who previously worked in financial services, Ashley Feinstein Gerstley was inspired to write this book when she realized the stress her personal finances caused her. Determined to change her habits, Feinstein Gerstley lays out a 30-day system that will relieve readers from money stressors, provide the basics of investing, and create a comprehensive, but enjoyable plan to grow their money.

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https://www.amazon.com/30-Day-Money-Cleanse-finances-stress/dp/1492665363
6. ‘Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford’ by Kristin Wong
Amazon

Get Money is all about stacking more money without it creating a boring lifestyle. Becoming financially stable seems like an impossible task for many and several people don’t know where or how to start. Personal finance expert Kristin Wong teachers her readers to build a budget, hack a credit score, find side hustles, and negotiate their earnings. This guide makes it possible to understand money without working in the finance industry. 

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https://www.amazon.com/Get-Money-Live-Life-Afford/dp/0316515655
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Culture News

Books That Make You Think: What to Buy and Read This Fall Before the Year Ends

As the weather cools and the nights draw in, you may find yourself in need of some new, thought-provoking reading material. Already made your way through our summer reading recommendations? Congrats, now it’s time for Hot Nerd Fall and books that make you think. We’ve rounded up the best in new fall fiction and nonfiction releases, perfect for reading and pondering under a blanket with a mug of something piping hot.

1. ‘The Institute’ // Stephen King
Simon & Schuster

Children and teenagers with supernatural powers have been a recurring theme in Stephen King’s work, from the telekinetic teen of his authorial debut Carrie to young Danny Torrance in The Shining. In his latest doorstop of a novel, King imagines a secret facility where the government gathers kids with psychic gifts for shady purposes. The young residents of this institute are subjected to harrowing experiments under the malicious care of Mrs. Sigsby, but new arrival Luke is determined to escape.  

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2. ‘Permanent Record’ // Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden became one of the most controversial names in the world in 2013 when he blew the whistle on the extent of the American government’s mass surveillance. He has since lived in exile and has become a cult hero to many for his repeated advocacy for the freedom of the press. And if the thought of a Snowden memoir isn’t juicy enough, it’s worth noting that the publication of Permanent Record was met with a civil lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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3. ‘The Secret Commonwealth’ // Philip Pullman

Ever wonder what happened to Lyra after the events of the His Dark Materials trilogy? In the second volume of his new Book of Dust series, Philip Pullman finally revisits his young heroine, who is now 20 years old and about to embark on a new adventure. This latest fantasy novel will also catch up readers up with Malcolm, the protagonist of La Belle Sauvage, who protected Lyra as a baby and who has retained his robust sense of duty and honor.

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4. ‘The Testaments’ // Margaret Atwood
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Another book set in a well-known allegorical realm, albeit a far less cheery one, is out this fall: Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to her seminal novel, which gained a whole new generation of fans thanks to the recent TV adaptation, returns to the theocratic state of Gilead to once again reckon with some all-too-current ideas. Along the way, The Testaments fills readers in on what became of protagonist Offred, and it serves up an origin story for Aunt Lydia, that character we all love to hate. 

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5. ‘Over The Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love’’ // Jonathan Van Ness

Best known as the Fab Five’s resident grooming expert on Netflix’s popular series Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness is also the star of the Emmy-nominated web series Gay of Thrones and the host of the Getting Curious podcast. In his memoir, Van Ness tells his life story with his trademark humor and personality—and in an already-famous chapter published by The New York Times, he speaks with remarkable candor about living with HIV after being diagnosed seven years ago at the age of 25 and his desire to dispel the stigma that continues to surround the condition.

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6. ‘Agent Running in the Field’ // John Le Carré

The modern master of spy stories might be best known for works that take place during the Cold War, but John Le Carré has plenty to say about the here and now. His latest novel is narrated by Nat, a 47-year-old British intelligence veteran who finds himself taking drawn back into the world of espionage, heading up a team of spies who become increasingly embroiled in the political mess caused by, you guessed it, Trump and Brexit.

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https://amzn.to/2B2OeOl
7. ‘Face It’ // Debbie Harry
HarperCollins

From her early days as a Playboy Bunny to her years touring the world as the frontwoman for the new wave band Blondie and her work as an environmental and LGBTQ+ activist, Debbie Harry has lived one hell of a life. This rock ’n’ roll memoir is full of the kind of stories you’d expect from such a recording legend, but it also digs deeper and paints a raw self-portrait of the addiction and grief that sits right next to the glamour and gloss.

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8 .‘Grand Union’ // Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith’s first collection of short fiction is just as packed with humor and insights into the human condition as her novels. With narrators such as a disgraced cop with nothing to lose, a wealthy teen on a virtual reality quest and an immigrant just trying to get through the day in 1950s London, Smith is at her storytelling best in Grand Union.

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9. ‘Know My Name’ // Chanel Miller

We’re living through a period where rape culture is finally being challenged, and men who sexually harass and assault women are more likely to face the consequences for their actions—but the truth remains that the identities and lived experiences of women are diminished in the headlines, with much of the cultural conversation focusing on the careers and reputations of men. Chanel Miller, who was known only as an “unconscious woman” in the high-profile Brock Turner case, tells her story, and while Know My Name is far from easy reading, it is essential nonetheless. 

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